Speaker Programme – 2018

Devonshire House Network is a people-focused membership club for Director-level professionals in leadership roles who have an instinctive focus on the human side of enterprise.

January – Ben Page, CEO, IPSOS MORI – 30.1.18 – We’ll hear from Ben Page about what IPSOS MORI does in the UK, for whom they do it and why – and what their clients do with the information they buy.  Importantly, the wealth of information they generate affords them an unrivalled position to see what is going on throughout all the countries they work in – and beyond – and form views about what we ought to be aware of.

February – Prof Vernon Bogdanor – 28.2.18 – Arguably the most foremost constitutional experts in the UK of the current generation. The key questions from most DHN Members will be around the rapidly changing political structures, not only in the UK (including Scotland, Northern Ireland – and, with nothing obvious to complain about, Wales) – but in Europe (and in virtually all EU Member States – particularly after the UK money dries up for them) – and the USA, – in fact everywhere.  What Professor Vernon Bogdanor has to say is macro stuff at its very best.
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March – Jeremy Hughes, CEO Alzheimer’s Society.  27.3.18 – Jeremy will tell us the Alzheimer’s story and about Dementia – and, in particular, about its impacts on our nation’s consciousness, on society, on our businesses and the people who work with us in our businesses.
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April – Speaker Event – Ann Francke – CEO of the CMI – 24.04.18 – As well as finding out where the CMI currently is, we will look at some of the issues and challenges that the CMI faces – the ones that reflect their ambitions and being the best. These may well include their international activities  (spreading British soft power overseas – with or without Brexit) ; the changing needs of young people (better access and opportunities – and apprenticeships)  and, conversely the over 50s; flexible working and shifting work patterns;  growing talent;  employee engagement, and the newer ones such as mental health issues.  As Ann said so herself in the CMI’s Management Manifesto in June of last year, “Complex challenges demand collaborative answers”
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May – Tim Roache, Gen Sec of GMB Union – 24.5.18 – The GMB is a general trade union in the UK with more than 631,000 members who work in nearly all industrial sectors, in retail, security, schools, distribution and the utilities, social care, the NHS, the ambulance service and local government. Devonshire House Members of longer standing than most will recall Tim’s predecessor, Paul Kenny, talking with us in2012 ( we think) and, more recently, Len McLuskey in 2015. Len’s message was that – at that time –  the trade union movement did not have a political party to represent the substantial body of trade union members. And just look at what has happened since then!
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Early July – The DHN Summer Debate – date to be agreed in early July.  Chairman – Terry Scuoler – Chairman of the Institute of Export & International Trade.  Panel Members – John Williams, Head of ACCA UK to be Panel Member No 1. Two more sought after discussion with Terry and John.  Debate Topic – Selling more services to more foreigners – An enquiry into issues and Solutions. This Devonshire House Summer Debate is a participative and good-natured enquiry into the premise that the only solution for the financial salvation of the UK from now on is by selling more goods and services to more foreigners.  This Debate focusses on services only.
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September, October & November 2018 currently being discussed Sir Ciaran Devan – CEO, British Council has very kindly accepted in principle our invitation to talk with us and we hope that this might be in September.

Milton Keynes North MP has agreed to speak at Devonshire House – probably in October – and we are currently looking for a suitable date. The Rt Hon Mark Lancaster TD MP is Minister of State at Defence.